Brookshire Brothers sacker in Nacogdoches retires after 46 years

Brookshire Brothers sacker in Nacogdoches retires after 46 years
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After 46 years of hard work and dedication a Nacogdoches Brookshire Brothers trusted sacker is retiring.

Some customers said the retiree's presence will surely be missed

"It's not going to be the same without him," Greg Sowell, a customer said.

Rayburn Waggoner, 67, has done it all at the Brookshire Brother's in Nacogdoches.

"Well I do everything I'm supposed to do, sack, stock, and work produce," Waggoner said. "I'm just a jack of all trades."

Thursday was his last day doing his daily task of bagging, and getting carts. Waggoner described his last 46 years of labor as challenging.

"I enjoy them putting up with me," Waggoner said. "If it wasn't for them putting up with me, I would have been gone a long time. I don't see how I'm really here tell you the truth."

Since 1970 customers got familiar with Waggoner's friendly smile.

"I grew up in this neighborhood, I remember Rayburn coming to work when they opened the first Brookshire Brother's in the old store," Sowell said. "Then I remember them building this building and Rayburn came right along with them."

"I started down the street where the Family Dollar was and I worked there for ten years," Waggoner said. "Then this one was built, and for 33 years I've been with them ever since."

Throughout the years Waggoner's hard work hasn't gone unnoticed, which is something he said comes natural when you love what you do.

"I enjoy working with customers, I like meeting people," Waggoner said. "If you like what you're doing you'll stay regardless."

"He's always worked real hard, he's always been a very efficient employee," Sowell said. "He's what every business is looking for as far as an employee."

"I'm going to miss the people, I enjoy them the most."

Since Thursday was Waggoner's last day he said he looks forward to do more hunting and fishing.

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